Do Hashtags Retweets Help Victims or Downplay Issues?
Columnist D.A. Lovell thinks these retweets provide false sense of accomplishment
‘We should arm ourselves with information and avenues for making an impact beyond just awareness. I’d personally rather see lasting social change in Nigeria than temporary, hashtag-inspired media attention. We know that never lasts long. Plus, the other amazing thing about the Internet is that we don’t need the media to be our middleman.
‘I’m concerned that this cause—the value of the lives of girls—is now being even further diluted, with the Twitter discussion veering off into a debate about who deserves the credit for the first #bringbackourgirls tweet. No one deserves credit until the girls are safely home. And credit should be the furthest thing from anyone’s mind…’
But at the Independent,
Felicity Morse disagrees and says, It’s a force that “is only going to get more powerful in the future,” she writes. “It’s not to be sniffed at.”
Social Advocacy & Politics
#BringBackOurGirls Exposes George Will as Out of Touch
‘That is what hashtag activism does: it shines a bright light on an urgent problem and forces the powers that be to do something on the ground to address it. It isn’t just about getting the hashtag users to feel a boost in the self-esteem, as George Will suggests.
‘But this isn’t the first time that (I hate to say this, given my own advancing age) someone from an older generation simply misunderstands how the internet works. Back in the early days of the Worldwide Web, Senator Robert Dole (R-KS) was running for president against incumbent Bill Clinton (D). It was 1996—merely two years after the birth of the web—and Bob Dole stood up in the Senate and loudly demonstrated that he hadn’t a clue about how the web works. The Clinton Administration was in the midst of treaty negotiations with Japan and decided to put a link to the Japanese Embassy’s website on WhiteHouse.gov. Dole, who clearly did not understand how hyperlinks worked, stood on the Senate floor and accused the White House of creating a security breach by allowing the Japanese access to our government website…’
Ann Coulter made fun of the hashtag instead of criticizing it and garnered heavier criticism
Ann Coulter’s attempt to make fun of #BringBackOurGirls backfires (Disturbing Coulter Image Warning)
‘Katherine Fung of Huffington Post exposes Ann Coulter’s Attempt To Make Fun Of #BringBackOurGirls Goes Beautifully Wrong. The ever objectionable Ann Coulter never gives up. She obviously has some perverse compulsion to make herself a laughing stock.
‘Ann Coulter’s insensitive exploitation of the plight of these poor Nigerian girls came back to bite her in the ass as people modified her image and sent out images such as these…’